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Here in an area bounded by Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon you’ll find some of the finest landscape in England

Notgrove Estate

The hamlet of Notgrove lies on the top of the Cotswolds in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, the Notgrove Estate is now a family farm of around 1500 acres. Set in some spectacular countryside it includes 400 acres of unspoilt pasture mostly in steep sided dry valleys, interspersed with mixed woodland copses. This land is primarily used for sheep whilst cereals are cultivated on the remainder. There are around 32 Cotswold stone cottages in the quiet and picturesque village, which is typical of the area.  If you are interested in renting one of the estate cottages, please email for an application form so we can put you on our cottage waiting list.

The Estate is managed by Harry and Diana Acland. They are both passionate about conservation, wild birds and animals. To support these, they have entered into a conservation scheme which promotes the preservation of our natural wildlife and birds. In particular Skylarks, Corn Bunting, Grey Partridge and Lawping. We have also seen a great improvement in the Hare and Hedgehog populations.

As well as conservation, we are also doing our best on the Estate to help the environment with a wide range of schemes including recycling bins for holiday guests, electric vehicles for our housekeeping and maintenance teams and solar panels for electricity.  You can read about all the things we are doing on our Environment Credentials page.

Whilst staying at Notgrove Holidays, guests are free to use the permissive paths as per the map in the guest handbook, as are the residents of the village.  All other visitors are welcome to walk or ride their horse/pony on the permissive paths but must apply and pay for an annual license prior to doing so.  Licenses run from 1st September to 31st August each year and are £12 per walker and £24 per rider.  All dogs must be kept under control at all times and always on a lead when in the vicinity of wildlife or livestock.  To apply for a license, please email

Harry and Diana Acland are also great supporters of the local community, especially local businesses who are wanting to start-up or expand their own business.  In the last couple of years, Notgrove Estate has been able to help all of the following business start-up here at Notgrove:

Quad Quest – Electric quad bike adventures

Phoenix Rose Beauty – Beauty treatments

Badgerwood Adventures – Forest school

Nuttery Cafe – Restaurant

Cotswold Tiger – Laundry company

Wild Food UK – Foraging walks

Cotswold Clay Club – Clay pigeon and rifle shooting

Harry’s Honey – Bee keeping courses and bee experiences

If you are interested in opening a business that would benefit Notgrove Estate, please do get in touch by emailing:

The Cotswolds

Here in an area bounded by Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon you’ll find some of the finest landscape in England. Cotswold towns and villages such as Burford, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water are world famous and remain largely unchanged since their creation in medieval England centuries ago. This was when the wealth of the wool trade left its mark in the high-quality stone buildings for which the area is renowned.

Notgrove itself lies in the heart of the Cotswolds, only 4 miles from Northleach, famed for its magnificent church of St Peter and St Paul which is claimed to be the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds”. Nearby, the Windrush River flows through the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, creating a very picturesque village scene.

At nearly 800ft, Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns and is famous as a centre for antiques. The Roman Fosse Way from Cirencester to Leicester passes through it and it probably dates from a prehistoric fortified settlement on top of the hill.

Should you decide to stay for a few days in one of our holiday cottages you will find plenty of places to visit and sites to enjoy, in these market towns or quiet villages and hamlets. If you would like to book a cottage please click here

The Notgrove Trust

The Notgrove Trust is a small grant making trust set up by Mr and Mrs David Acland in 1979 which supports charities and charitable bodies located only in Gloucestershire or those of special interest to the trustees. Notgrove Trust does not support medical research or personal applications and major national charities are unlikely to get a donation.

In 2015, just under 50 grants totalling £134,000 were made helping charities such as Cotswold Riding for the Disabled,  Home-Start Cotswold, The Nelson Trust and the Mulberry Bush School.

All applications must be made in writing stating what they do and why they want the donation.  All applications must include a full copy of their last years’ accounts.  As the  trustees have no clerical help applications are not acknowledged and if the applicant has heard nothing within a month their application was unsuccessful.  Applications by email are not accepted or acknowledged.

All applications should be sent to:

Mrs Diana Acland
The Manor,
Glos GL54 3BT

Tel: 01451 850239